Basement Repair Options

Transforming a “problem” basement into usable space is an important upgrade

There are a number of conditions that can make a basement unpleasant, but water in the basement is the most serious problem. A wet basement can make a house difficult or even impossible to sell. Even if you’re not planning to sell your house, water in the basement makes the space unusable, while also providing an ideal habitat for mold and mildew –organisms that destroy organic materials while also causing serious respiratory ailments in some individuals.

Which basement waterproofing solution is best?

If your basement has a water problem, it’s worth addressing right away. But which waterproofing method will work best? How much will it cost? Will you be able to count on this waterproofing treatment even in extremely wet conditions?

A brief review of basement waterproofing techniques

  • Negative side waterproofing. This terminology refers to the application of paint or a waterproof membrane on the inner side of the basement wall. By itself, this waterproofing method almost always fails.
  • Exterior excavation & drainage. It can be effective to dig around the outside of the foundation, apply a “positive side” waterproofing treatment, and install new drain lines to move ground water away from the house. However, these techniques are costly, disruptive and potentially damaging to landscape elements such as shrubs, walkways and patios. And after all this expense, there’s no guarantee that wet weather won’t result in water leaking into your basement.
  • Interior French drains. Combined with a sump pump system that automatically pumps collected water to the exterior, this “active” waterproofing system has a long track record as a successful waterproofing treatment. The patented WaterGuard® drains installed by Basement Systems are concealed below the basement floor. The drains capture all water that leaks through the wall and along the wall/floor joint, moving it to the sump pump for ejection to the exterior.

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